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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review of the Tokina AF 100mm f/2.8 macro

In last week's article I told you about a bit older lens I came across which I planned to review. The lens in question was the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 macro, the subject of today's article. There is fierce competition in this slot (~100mm macro lenses), including various macro lenses from Sigmaand Tamron, plus Nikon's own options. There seems to be something for everyone here, so where does Tokina's 100mm stand in all that?

Beautiful bokeh, backgrounds are very smooth

+ optically perfect, period.
+ great value; you get lots of goodness without spending much.
+ AF is accurate and rather fast for a macro.

Friday, April 14, 2017

A somewhat Emotional Reaction to today's Photography

Today's article will be very different from past AmateurNikon articles. I won't review a lens, I won't offer you tips for better photography, I won't offer you a Photoshop tutorial. Today, I'll basically... well, just rant.

Taken with a D40 and the 18-55.
It involved being outdoors in -25C and chase "the moment".
Photography as art has nothing to do with equipment

I was planning a different article for today - a review for a bit older lens which I happened to come across. This will now have to wait, because I was asked by several people to comment on the new Nikon D7500. Frantic questions included "Is it better than the D7200?" "Is it really so that it doesn't support AI-S lenses?" "Should I buy it?"

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review of the Nikon Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-f/4

If you just bought a Nikon D500 (or even a D7200) and you're looking for an advanced midrange zoom for it, your options are pretty limited - at least when it comes to Nikkor lenses; you can find plenty of interesting third-party offerings. But for those looking for Nikon products, basically you have two options (maybe three, keep reading): either the pro-specs Nikon Nikkor AF-S 17-55 f/2.8 or the Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 16-80mm f/2.8-f/4, which is the subject of today's review. I'll outline the basic pros and cons, then we'll talk a bit more about options.

You really can't fault its sharpness, even in low light, but there are other shortcomings

+ very well balanced: focal length range, fast(er) aperture, small and light
+ resolution-wise, it's unbeatable (but keep reading about optical quality)
+ very efficient VR